Shirah Vollmer MD

The Musings of Dr. Vollmer

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I. CONTACT INFORMATION

Private Practice Address

Dr. Shirah Vollmer
941 Westwood Blvd. Suite 204
Los Angeles, California 90024

(310) 824-4912
svollmer[at]vollmers.us

II. PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

June 1990 – present

Private Practice of Adult, Adolescent and Child Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis

July, 2015-present

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry – David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

March 2015-May 2017

Psychiatric Consultant, Living Rebos IOP

June 2015-June 2016

Faculty, Loyola Marymount University,  Art Therapy Program

September 2002-present

Faculty, New Center for Psychoanalysis

September 2005-present

Faculty, Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies

September 1992 – June 2013

Faculty in the Biobehavioral Program, UCLA Family Practice Program

November 2005 – April, 2010

Consultant, UCLA Family Development Project; Christoph Heinicke PhD-Principal Investigator

June 1999 – June 2001

Consultant, Los Angeles Gender Center

September 1992 – June 2000

Consultant, Dependency Court of Los Angeles County

June 1991 – September 1992

Unit Director, Children’s Unit, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital

Medical Director, Adolescent Day Treatment Program – UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital

June 1991 – September 1993

Psychiatric Evaluations, Parthenia Medical Group

1990 – 1993

Medical Director, Intermediate Rehabilitation Unit – Brentwood VA Hospital

III. EDUCATION/ACADEMIC TRAINING

1993 – 2001 Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute (now called the New Center for Psychoanalysis)

1989 – 1991 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Child Psychiatry Fellowship

1987 – 1989 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Adult Psychiatry Residency

1986 – 1987 UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Psychiatry/Medicine Internship

1982 – 1986 UCLA School of Medicine, MD Degree

1979 – 1982 UCLA College of Letters and Science, BS in Psychobiology

IV. LICENSURE

California, July 1987

V. BOARD CERTIFICATION

Adult Psychiatry, 1992

Child Psychiatry, 1993

VI. HONORS AND AWARDS

Nominated for Dept. of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences Teaching Award, May, 2012

Sandoz Award for Outstanding Student in Psychiatry, June 1986

Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Award, June 1986

Honors in Medicine, March 1986

Alpha Omega Alpha, October 1985

UCLA School of Medicine Merit Scholarship, September 1985

Geriatric Research Fellowship, June 1984

Phi Beta Kappa, June 1982

Summa Cum Laude, June 1982

UCLA Alumni Scholarship, May 1981

American Heart Association Summer Fellowship, March 1981

Regents of the University of California Scholarship, March 1981

Ethel Terry McCoy Award for the Outstanding Woman in Freshman Chemistry, February 1981

VII. MEDICAL SOCIETIES

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Alpha Omega Alpha

UCLA Medical Alumni Association

New Center for Psychoanalysis

VIII.COMMUNITY SERVICE

Clinical Supervisor, Wright Institute in Los Angeles, July, 1997 – 2003

Clinical Supervisor, Valley Community Clinic, October 1997 – 2001

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, July 2005 – 2008

IX. PUBLICATIONS

Vollmer, S. “Consultant’s Corner: How should I help this man who worries all the time?” Family Practice Recertification 29(7): 8-11, 2007

Vollmer, S. “Depression in women: Gender-related differences in occurrence and treatment.” Family Practice Recertification. 27(1):44-64, 2005

Vollmer, S. “Recognition and management of childhood anxiety disorders.” Family Practice Recertification. 25(2):27-46, 2003

Vollmer, S. “Depression: Meeting the Clinical challenge.” Family Practice Recertification. 24(9):25-38, 2002

Vollmer, S. “Recognition and management of social anxiety disorder.” Family Practice Recertification. 23(2):61-72, 2001

Vollmer, S. “How to detect and treat pediatric somatization.” Family Practice Recertification. 22(3):47-66, 2000

Vollmer, S. “Obsessive-compulsive disorder: diagnosis and treatment advances.” Family Practice Recertification. 22(1):25-48, 2000

Vollmer, S. “Panic disorder: Debilitating, under diagnosed, and treatable.” Family Practice Recertification. 21(7):29-46, 1999

Vollmer, S. “To eat or not to eat: The question of anorexia nervosa.” Family Practice Recertification. 21(2):37-64, 1999

Vollmer, S. “ADHD: It’s not just in children.” Family Practice Recertification. 20(8): 45-67, 1998

Vollmer, S. “Compliance, A physician’s problem.” Family Practice Recertification. 20(4):91-107, 1998

Heinecke, C. M. and Vollmer, S. “Prevention of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse.” In: Handbook on Drug Abuse Prevention, Eds: Coombs, R. H. and Ziedonis, D., Allyn and Bacon, 1995

Vollmer, S., Wells, K., Blacker, K. and Ulrey, G. “Improving the preparation of preclinical students for taking sexual histories.” Academic Medicine, 64:474-479, 1989

Vollmer, S. and Wells, K. “The preparedness of freshman medical students for taking sexual histories.” Archives of Sexual Behavior, 18(2):167-177, 1989.

Vollmer, S. and Wells, K. “How comfortable do freshman medical students expect to be when taking sexual histories?” Medical Education, 22:418-425, 1988.

Ouslander, J., Kane, R., Vollmer, S. and Menezes, M. “Technologies for managing urinary incontinence.” Congress of the United States, Office of Technology Assessment, Washington, D. C., July, 1985.

Vollmer, S., and Wells, K. Editors, UCLA Tutorial Book 1983-1984, UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, September, 1983.

X. COMMITTEES / Board Participation

Trauma and Psychoanalysis: Bringing Psychoanalytic Ideas to the Community, October 2009-present

Stoller Board: Bringing Academic Psychoanalysis to the Community, January 2008 – October, 2009

Child Mental Health Advisory Committee for the Venice Family Clinic, May 2007 – present

New Center for Psychoanalysis: Board Member, Junior Member at Large, July 2007 – June 2009

Training Advisory Committee of the Child Psychiatry Division of the Semel Institute of Neuropsychiatry at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine: July 2005 – present

Voluntary Clinical Faculty of the Semel Institute of Neuropsychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Secretary: July, 2005 – present

New Center for Psychoanalysis: Ethics Committee: 2003 – 2007

Southern California Psychiatric Society; Editorial Committee, 1994 – 1996

XI. LECTURES

UCLA Early Care and Education; Parent Meeting:  The Angry Child.  Los Angeles, CA. February 18, 2010

The Maple Center: Childhood Anxiety Disorders. Beverly Hills, CA, February 8, 2010

David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine: Primary Care College. Eating Disorders in Primary Care. Los Angeles, CA. December 10, 2009

Venice Family Clinic Primary Care: Staff Development: Medicines for the Mind: The Science and Art of Psychopharmacology. Venice, CA. October 20, 2009

Venice Family Clinic Mental Health Staff Development: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Diagnosis and Treatment. Santa Monica, CA. July 21, 2009

Foundations Week: UCLA Primary Care College, Psychiatric Emergencies. Los Angeles, CA. July 9, 2009

Glendale Adventist Family Medicine Training Program Faculty Development: From Medical Student to Practicing Physician: The Stress of Housestaff Training. Studio City, CA. June 2, 2009

36th Annual UCLA Family Practice Refresher Course: Century City, CA. May 29, 2009

The Worried Well: Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care.
Medicines for the Female Mind.

Prime-Med: A Primer on Identifying and Treating Dependency Disorders in Primary Care.

San Jose, CA. May 28, 2009
Pittsburgh, PA, June 12 2009
Dallas, Texas, July 10, 2009
Washington, DC,  August 7, 2009

Maple Counseling Center: Childhood Depression and Anxiety: What Do We Know About Pharmacotherapy? Beverly Hills, CA. April 27, 2009

Consortium of Southern California Family Medicine Training Programs: From Medical Student to Practicing Physician: The Stress of House staff Training, Los Angeles, CA. April 25, 2009

PsychSIGN: The Psychotherapy Menu, Los Angeles, CA. March 14, 2009

Prime-Med: The Neurobiological Underpinnings of Dependency Disorders,

St. Paul, MN. March 13, 2009
Phoenix, AZ. April 1, 2009

The Association of Child Development Specialists: The Angry Child, Marina Del Rey, CA. March 8, 2009

The David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, Primary Care College: Eating Disorders, Los Angeles, CA. November 24, 2008

Santa Monica Hospital Grand Rounds: House-Staff Well-Being, Santa Monica, CA. November 5, 2008

Discussant, UCLA Family Medicine Journal Club: Presentation by Megan O’Bryan MD, September 10, 1008

Venice Family Clinic, Social Work Department: The Difficult Patient: Management Techniques, Venice, CA. August 7, 2008

The David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, Primary Care College: Psychiatric Emergencies, Los Angeles, CA. July 10, 2008, July 9, 2009

35th Annual UCLA Family Practice Refresher Course: Suicide in Primary Care, Century City, CA. May 23, 2008

Eating Disorders in Primary Care, Century City, CA. May 23, 2008.

Prime-Med: The Woes: Depression in Primary Care, Anaheim, CA. May 17, 2008.

Hillsides Education Center: Childhood Anxiety Disorders, Pasadena, CA. March 26, 2008

David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine, Wellness Series for Medical Students: Genograms, Los Angeles, CA. January 16, 2008

34th Annual UCLA Family Practice Refresher Course: The Worried Well: Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care, Century City, CA. June 1, 2007

The Old and The Restless, Adult ADHD in Primary Care, Century City, CA. June 1, 2007

Wright Institute Los Angeles. Giving Informed Consent for Psychotherapy, What You Need to Know, Los Angeles, CA. May 14, 2007

California Association of Resource Specialists: The Young and the Restless, Recognizing ADHD in the School Setting, Northridge, CA. May 10, 2007

Social Work Component of the Care Coordination Department at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine: The Difficult Patient, Los Angeles, CA. April 25, 2007

UCLA Extension and the Pacific Clinics: Strengthening Families: Working with Families with Mental Illness: Pasadena, CA. March 14,2007

Department of Radiation Oncology, David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine: Dealing with the Difficult Patient: Developing Communication Skills, Los Angeles, CA. December 11, 2006

Century City Hospital Grand Rounds: The Worried Well: Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care, Century City, CA. October 23, 2006

33rdAnnual UCLA Family Practice Refresher Course: Suicide in Primary Care, Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, CA.  June 3, 2005,

Santa Monica Hospital Grand Rounds, A Broken Heart, Depression and Cardiovascular Disease; Santa Monica, CA. March, 16, 2005

Office Gynecology, Women’s Health Symposium: Depression in Women: Anaheim, CA. August 21, 2004

UCLA Student Health Services: The Worried Well or Psychopathology, Los Angeles, CA. May 14, 2004

Association of Black Women Physicians and Community Health Councils, REACH 2010 Project, The Hearts of Black Folk – Multigenerational Strategies for Cardiovascular Health and Disease Management, Food for Thought, Marina Del Rey, CA. April 17, 2004

21st Conference on Patient Education: Social Anxiety Disorder. Albuquerque, New Mexico, November 17, 2000

Primary Care MediCal Conference: Suicide. Anaheim, CA. August 20, 1999

20th Conference on Patient Education: Strategies to Enhance Patient Compliance. Orlando, Florida, November 22, 1998

25th Annual UCLA Family Practice Refresher Course: Adult ADHD, Current Concepts, Sheraton Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica, CA. May 1, 1998

19th Conference on Patient Education: Parent Training. Seattle, Washington, November 16, 1997

UCLA Combined Family Medicine and Pediatric Grand Rounds: The Young and Restless, ADHD – Diagnosis and Treatment. Los Angeles, CA., October 17, 1997

Hinsdale Forum in Family Medicine: Transition to Parenting; Helping Residents Help New Families. Chicago, Illinois, October 5, 1997

Lancaster Prison: Depression, Current Concepts. Lancaster, CA. August 6, 1997

24th Annual UCLA Family Practice Refresher Course: Depression, Current Concepts. Sheraton Miramar Hotel, Santa Monica, CA. May 30, 1997

18th Conference on Patient Education: Managing Cost by Managing Compliance in Allergic Rhinitis. Nashville Tennessee, October, 1996

UCLA Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Anxiety Disorders, Current Concepts, Los Angeles, CA. October, 1996

Videoconference: Current Concepts in Allergic Rhinitis: Compliance, and the Doctor – Patient Relationship. Sponsored by UCLA Department of Continuing Medical Education. New York, NY. March, 1996

Hinsdale Forum in Family Medicine: From Cradle to Grave: Teaching Psychosocial Issues Across the Life Cycle. Chicago, Illinois, October, 1995

Specialized Health Services: Psychotropic Medications, The ABC’s. Los Angeles, CA. September 1995

UCLA Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Eating Disorders, An Update for Primary Care Physicians, May 1994

Selected Topics in Psychiatry – Continuing Education sponsored by the UCLA Multi-campus Division of Family Medicine: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: Recognition and Management, January 1994

UCLA Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Can Humpty Dumpty be Saved? Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in the Medical Setting, Los Angeles, CA. November 1993

UCLA Family Medicine Grand Rounds: Current Thinking on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Los Angeles, CA. May 1993

XII. Teaching Activities

Human Development-Second Year Candidates at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, October 2009-January 2010 (8 weeks)

Self Psychology  – Third Year Candidates at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, March – April, 2009 (7 weeks)

Psychotic Mental States – Fourth Year Candidates at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, September – November, 2008 (8 weeks)

Latency  – Third Year Candidates at the Los Angeles Institute for Psychoanalytic Studies, September – November 2007(8 weeks)

Ethics in Psychoanalysis – Fourth Year Candidates at the New Center for Psychoanalysis, March 2007 and March 2008 (4 weeks each)

Interviewing Skills: UCLA Psychiatry Residents, PGY-III Class, 2007 (6 week class)

Moodiness in Children; Bipolar vs. ADHD: UCLA Extension, 2007 – 2008

Adult ADHD: UCLA Extension: 2005 – 2008

Adolescent Psychopathology: UCLA Extension, 2000

Childhood Psychopathology: UCLA Extension, 1999

Abnormal Psychology: UCLA Extension, 1999 – 2000

Psychopharmacology Across the Lifecycle: UCLA Family Medicine Residents, 1992 – present

Psychopharmacology, An Overview, Ryokan College, 1998 – 2000

Childhood Anxiety Disorders, Third Year Psychiatric Residents, UCLA-NPI, 1992 – 2000

Childhood Anxiety Disorders, Third Year Psychiatric Residents, Harbor-UCLA, 1992 – 1999

Doctoring 1, UCLA School of Medicine September 1997 – June, 1998

Childhood ADHD, UCLA School of Medicine, Third Year Students, 1992 – 1996

Interviewing Skills, UCLA School of Medicine, Second Year Medical Students, 1999 – 2001

XIII. Advisory Boards

Primary Care Advisory Board on Treating Anxiety Disorders, Tampa, Florida, Sponsored by Wyeth-Ayerst March, 1999

XIV. Other Activities

Family Practice Recertification Questions, Ascend Media Healthcare, 2000 – 2007

Mock Orals, Child Psychiatry, Semel Institute for Neuropsychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, April, 2006 – present

 
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